It was only noon, and I found myself praying desperately for patience and discernment. My two year old, Brice, had already pushed every one of my buttons. My sweet twelve week old, Emmitt, just wanted mommy non stop. I had questioned my mothering at least four times that morning. Two is such a hard age! He is so strong willed, as I imagine a lot of toddlers are! He loves to pick on his baby brother, pull my hair, make huge messes, and the list goes on…but oh how I love him despite my frustration! I pray I love him as Christ loves me, and that he in return loves the Lord and his neighbor with a passion. I already know Brice is going to be such a warrior! I love when I pray for my boys, and God reveals something about them to me…such a sweet gift. When we find ourselves in that moment of what feels like pure chaos, just take a breath, and ask the Lord to intervene in your heart and give you the patience and strength needed to carry on. I had to really start implementing this in my life when I would let my frustrations get the best of me in my mothering and then into my marriage. The truth is, I’m doing my best, just as you mommas are! Do not believe the enemy’s lies and tell you any different. Being a mom is so rewarding but also hard, and we should be proud of ourselves. I have to remind myself of that all the time, because I can always think of something more I could be doing. The truth is, I would like to pump extra milk for my baby, keep the house picked up, have beds made every day, the dishes cleaned, the laundry caught up, and play one on one with my boys. That just isn’t realistic. The expectations I put on myself are quite ridiculous and overwhelming, and most others have similar expectations. I plead with you mommas to drop those expectations and live in each day with grace for yourself! Also, remember to take some me time! Go have coffee with a friend or even alone (my favorite thing to do), go get your nails or hair done, or even take a walk without the kids. Just take that time to focus on yourself, so your identity doesn’t get lost in your kids. We are all unique and have a God given purpose!
My second home is the Palace Coffee Company! This is my go to place for me time. Roxy and I went today while the kids were at MDO. We got all ready since our kids had Halloween parties earlier this morning. I tried my sister’s, Alexandra, high ponytail, but it only sort of worked out. I have gotten a lot of wear in these peep toe booties! I LOVE this poncho sweater. Roxy was wearing a cute graphic tee from a local boutique, The Rack. Her olive shirt is so versatile! It can be worn over a graphic tee as pictured or buttoned up with a pair of dark denim skinny jeans and tan heeled booties for a casual dinner. Enjoy your Friday! GIVEAWAY coming this weekend!
|| Roxy’s Outfit ||